FOOTBALL: Midco Sports Net to air BSU football game at Augustana
BEMIDJI — Bemidji State football fans who don’t plan on following the Beavers to Sioux Falls, S.D., this weekend to play Augustana have another option — the comfort of their own homes.
The Beavers’ Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference game will air at 1:05 p.m. Saturday on Midco Sports Network.
Bemidji-area subscribers to Midcontinent can find the game on Channel 26 in standard definition and on Channel 622 in high definition. Midcontinent subscribers not in the immediate Bemidji area can go to http://www.midcosn.com/aboutus/channelfinder/ to find the channel in their area.
Laura Anderson, the station’s programming specialist, said she thinks this is the first time the BSU football team has appeared on Midco Sports Network.
The station does not currently have records of games aired from 2008-10, but Dax Larson, Bemidji State’s assistant director of athletic media relations, said his records indicate the Beavers haven’t been on the network since at least 2009.
The regional sports network reaches viewers in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
The Bemidji State men’s and women’s basketball teams have appeared on the channel, as has the men’s and women’s hockey teams when they play at the University of North Dakota.
BSU home football games air locally on KBSU, the university’s student-run and operated television station.
Even if this isn’t the BSU football team’s first appearance on the network, Anderson said the fact that the game live is fairly special for NSIC teams. The BSU/Augustana game is the first live NSIC game on the network this season.
“Normally, we don’t do a lot of live games for our NSIC schools, so this is unique,” she said.
Other games, she said, are shown on tape-delay. The network tries to focus on as many teams as they can in their coverage area, which includes NSIC cities such as Bismarck and Minot, N.D., and Aberdeen, S.D.
“We do show a lot of Augustana and Sioux Falls games, just because of the proximity,” Anderson said. Midcontinent is headquartered in Sioux Falls. “But we try and get one game each from each of the major towns in our footprint.
“The goal is to always try and expand and show more teams.”
The Beavers and Vikings come into this week’s game sporting identical 1-1 records; both lost close games last week. BSU fell to Concordia-St. Paul 17-14 while Augustana fell to Minot State 23-17 in triple overtime.
Fans who don’t subscribe to Midcontinent can still follow the game via Augustana’s web cast at http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/bsu.portal. They can also listen to the game on the radio at WMIS 92.1 FM The River.